Youth Climate Award

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is the minimum needed to prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5 °C over pre-industrial levels. This is also the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced.

In response, WAFA is strengthening its engagements in the global communities to support climate change initiatives.

WAFA has had a Youth Award since 2015.
It has been given to 3 winners in 2015, 2017 and 2019:  two schools in South Africa and one Ireland.
Since 2018 we changed the name to Youth Climate Award, as we decided to specifically focus on climate.


WAFA  is giving recognition to young people who solve their own climate problems today. Their community based initiatives have created results. People are enjoying breathing clean air. WAFA’s purpose is to give recognition to our young local climate heroes who solve their climate problems where they live. Their solutions may inspire youth in other parts of the world to also restore their climate problems where they live.
WAFA’s approach to solving the challenge of climate change is by awarding young individuals or communities who implement solutions that have created measurable results for at least two years. WAFA is giving recognition and acknowledgement to grassroot solutions among individuals, one community at a time.



About “One Lit Candle”

“Jennifer and I are honored and delighted to make “One Lit Candle” available to WAFA to coincide with the launch of the WAFA Youth Climate Awards category. May it light many candles in our shared vision to help heal our home.”

– “One Lit Candle” by Jennifer Edwards and Stuart Hoffman

Nomination and Selection Process

WAFA Awards are known for an unbiased selection process through:

  • Governance
  • Award Vision & Framework
  • Supporting Processes
  • Award Categories & Evaluation Criteria
  • Prize Money Allocation & Distribution
  • Partnerships
  • Timelines for the Award Program(s)
  • Marketing and Communication

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